Monday, November 27, 2017

ROC the Day 2017

ROC the Day starts tonight at midnight and lasts all day Tuesday until 11:59pm. Please remember to donate tomorrow, November 28th, 2017, to the Galen Historical Society. You can go online to ROC the Day to donate, or call 1-800-242-0238.
Our mission is to preserve our local history and to educate our community about it. Currently, Hugh Miner, Galen Town Historian and member of the GHS Board of Directors, and Steve Frost, Galen Town Supervisor and member of the GHS Board of Directors, are working on a video about the construction and history of the Erie Canal in our area. They are using beautiful photography, historical narration, and the music of Nancy and John Bryan, local singer/songwriting and recording artists, to explain and educate about our history. The video will eventually be uploaded to YouTube so everyone can watch it.
Thank you for your support! Sincerely, The Galen Historical Society Board of Directors

Friday, September 22, 2017

Brick Church Museum Open For Alumni Visits

The Galen Historical Society welcomes the alumni from the Clyde Savannah High School for their first meeting and celebration next weekend. The Brick Church Museum will be open for visits tomorrow Saturday September 23rd, from 10am until noon, Friday September 29th, from 1-3pm, and Saturday September 30th, from 10am until noon. We are currently displaying yearbooks and memoribial from the. Clyde/Clyde Savannah High School as our summer display, along with other interesting exhibits. Everyone is invited to visit. 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

July Quarterly Picnic Featured Visit from VoteTilla

The Galen Historical Society hosted a community picnic and visit from the VoteTilla  on Monday July 17th,  2017. The VoteTilla was a week long Erie Canal boat trip to celebrate the 100th anniversary of New York State giving women the right to vote.
After a short business meeting, everyone enjoyed a delicious meal catered by Hometown Meats and Deli, bluegrass music, and a program filled with historical visitors provided by the VoteTilla. Clyde SPAN sold hot dogs and the local Girl Souts sold desserts. It was a enjoyable way to spend a hot summer evening.
Thank you to all of the local service organizations, the Village of Clyde, and the Town of Galen for your support.
Our next Quarterly meeting will be on Monday October 23rd, 2017. We are planning to view the video made for YouTube by Hugh Miner, Steve Groat, with music written and performed  by John and Nancy Bryan.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Erie Canal Bike Tour Visit in Clyde

The Galen Historical Society opened the Brick Church Museum for the annual Erie Canal Bike tour on Tuesday July 11th,  2017.  We offered the riders a chance to see some of our local history, along with the opportunity to enjoy the air conditioning and bathroom.  Many local businesses and service organizations gave them a warm welcome and assistance. There was even a free lunch at the Clyde Methodist Church. There were over 750 riders ranging in age from 3 to 84 years old. Many riders were from New York State, some were from Canada, and a few were from around the world. We enjoyed visiting with them, and hope to see them again next year. 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Summer 2017 Museum Schedule

Starting today, the Galen Historical Society Brick Church Museum will be open Wednesdays  through the end of summer- June 7 through August 30th. It will be open on Tuesday July 12th from 10am until 1pm for the Erie Canal Bike Tour and not open Wednesday July 13th. We will also start having tours of the Mill Museum every Saturday from 10am until Noon starting June 17th through August 26th. A calendar of days and times is posted on the Galen Historical Society website. Both museums are also available for visits by request at most other days and times depending on the availability of the members of the Board of Directors. You can call or email us and set up a convenient day and time at 315-923-7150 or

Monday, April 24, 2017

History of Erie Canal Program at April 2017 Quarterly Meeting

Bruce Schwendy was the guest speaker at the Galen Historical Society Quarterly Meeting on Mon. April 24th, 2017. He spoke about the history of the Erie Canal, led a single-a-long playing the song "Low Bridge", and shared his historic canal horns with us. Mr. Schwendy has studied the Erie Canal for 15 years and has written several articles about it. He is also on the board of directors for the Canal Society of New York State.
We will be holding the July Quarterly meeting on Mon. July 17th, 2017. The Erie Canal Votilla will be joining our community celebration and picnic.  The Votilla will be traveling the Erie Canal to recognize the 100th anniversary of New York State giving women the right to vote and the beginning of the construction of the Erie Canal. We hope to see you there.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Voting Booth Finds New Home at Mill Museum

The Clyde Savannah Public Library donated their old public voting booth to the Galen Historical Society. Several members helped move the voting booth to its new home at the Mill Museum on Saturday April 8th. Wilson Martin, of Wilson & Marsha Trailer Service, Glasgow St., Clyde, helped lift it onto, and off of, the back of a pick up truck using their skiff loader. The Galen Historical Society is currently planning to use the voting machine in the new Retail section at the Mill Museum. The Mill Museum will be open for visits on Saturday mornings this summer. We want to thank Wilson Martin, Darryl Bailey, Alan Stirpe, Beth Bailey, Gregory Bailey, and Jim Darnell for helping us move the voting booth, and the Clyde Savannah Public Library for donating it to us.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Girl Scouts' 2017 Celebration Display

These are some of the wonderful displays that the local Girl Scout troops put up at the Brick Church Museum this year to celebrate Girl Scout Day and Juliette Gordon Lowe's contributions to scouting. Please stop in to visit them and let them know how much you appreciate all of the good work that they do.

Friday, February 3, 2017

January 2017 Quarterly Meeting

The Galen Historical Society held their first quarterly meeting of 2017 on Monday January 23rd.  Sue Leurgrens, historical cooking expert, gave a talk about cooking over an open fire, and enclosed hearth, and an iron stove. She specializes in the time period of 1855-1865. There were pots, pans, and other cooking implements that she has collected and uses, including the stick whisk shown in the pictures.  Ms. Leurgrens can be seen cooking at the Genesee Country Museum in Mumford, NY.  The next GHS quarterly meeting will be held on Monday April 24th, 2017, at the Brick Church Museum.